It is four hours before the 98th Hickory American Legion Fair opens, and the Midway is rather quiet.
Maroon flags flutter and flap atop an intimidating 50-foot high âride,â and a worker pounds a hammer against metal underneath a menacing âHimalayaâ tilt-a-whirl.
The fair is back.
However before boys and girls, moms and dads, line the fairâs many entertainment avenues off U.S. 70, a normally unseen group of workers set up the rides, food stands and carnival games that make the fair what it is year in and year out.
Sections of Interstate 40 in Catawba County will be resurfaced throughout the next year, and there will be closures on the highway during the project.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation recently awarded $10.4 million for a resurfacing project in Catawba and Iredell counties that is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 1, 2012. NCDOT officials said construction could start as early as Sept. 26.
Most resurfacing will be completed at night, but there will be closures of sections of I-40 from Exit 132 (N.C. 16 Business) in Conover to Exit 146 (Stamey Farm Road) in Statesville.
After leading Fred T. Foard to a 3A state wrestling title, the Tigersâ coach is being rewarded for his efforts.
Mike Carey, coach of the Foard wrestling program since 2008, was named the North Carolina 3A wrestling coach of the year by Mat News. The announcement came earlier this week.
âItâs the âcherry on topâ to our good season,â Carey said of the honor. âThis is a product of all the work the boys did. It was their work. This is another way to honor them.â
If Hurricane Irene told us anything, itâs that preparation for emergencies can be a significant, and potentially life-saving, matter.
Before you go buying protection for dust storms or dig an underground bunker for tornadoes, itâs important to know what types of emergencies are most frequent to Catawba County.
The countyâs emergency management coordinator said general preparation is always good, but there are certain incidents in specific for which area residents need to be ready.
The area chapter of the American Red Cross is sending more volunteers east to assist with clean-up and assistance efforts after Hurricane Irene.
The Catawba Valley chapter of the Red Cross is sending at least two more volunteers to counties in eastern N.C., adding to six volunteers and employees already helping out, said chapter Executive Director Suzan Anderson.
Serendipity--like a great ladyâis standing regal and tall on North Carolinaâs Outer Banks, despite the assault on her for a grueling 35 hours by an infamous lady, Hurricane Irene, last weekend.
The house made famous in the movie âNights in RodantheâÂ is owned by a Newton couple, Ben and Debbie Huss, who returned home late Monday night after spending four days in the house at the village of Rodanthe.
Carolyn Geneva Goble Duncan, of Newton, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 at Catawba Valley Medical Center. Bass-Smith Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family of Carolyn Geneva Goble Duncan.
Marie Pordradsky Hewitt, 84, of Newton passed away Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory. Born March 25, 1927 in France, of Slovakian parents. She was French through and through. The Hewitt family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Conover.
Despite falling behind 2-1 in its match against Bandys on Thursday, Newton-Conover never relinquished hope.
The Lady Red Devils (5-1, 2-0) won the final two games against the Lady Trojans (1-1, 1-1) to win the CVAC match in dramatic fashion, 25-21, 19-25, 9-25, 25-18, 15-13.
âBandys played hard,â said Newton-Conover coach Linda Richards. âThey are a good team. We are lucky to come out of here with a win.â
After losing the first game to Newton-Conover, Bandys picked up two impressive wins in the second and third games.
Catawba Countyâs district attorney and his wife say they are thankful to be alive after a boat wreck threw them overboard Sunday evening.
Twenty-fifth Prosecutorial District Attorney Jay Gaither said he was blinded by bright lights before a boat he was driving crashed into another vessel on Lake Hickory on Sunday.
Gaither said he and his wife were celebrating their 17th anniversary on the lake Sunday evening and were driving down river at about 5 mph.
Homelessness and poverty has steadily increased in Catawba County in the past decade, and some area aid organizations said more can be done to help the growing population.
In the past 10 years, poverty has increased 77 percent in Catawba County, with nearby areas like Sherrills Ford being deemed some of the poorest in the region, according to data, released recently, by the Western Piedmont Council of Governments released recently.